Community Involvement

Palmetto Citizens exists to provide more than financial services, we also look beyond our walls to our local community. This philosophy leads us to support worthwhile charitable and social causes.

Staff volunteers at the 2024 Heartwalk

Proud to Serve!

Locally Invested

We are proud to help many local charities, schools and other organizations in a variety of ways, including volunteer service and monetary donations.

Free Document Shredding - We continue to help keep information out of the hands of identity thieves by hosting a series of no cost shredding days. At our last Shred Day of 2023, hosted at our Clemson Road Office, we assisted consumers by shredding approximately 11,500 pounds of their personal documents and other sensitive materials!
Since 2008, we’ve helped consumers shred nearly 800 tons of personal information.

Higher Education Scholarship Program - Every year Palmetto Citizens offers students an opportunity to apply for one of twenty $1,000 higher education scholarships. Learn more about our 2025 Scholarship Program and Congratulations to our 2024 Scholarship Winners!.

Harvest Hope Food Bank – Each year, we proudly serve as the sponsor of the Share Your Holiday Donation Drive for our local food bank. In 2023, with the generosity of our members and staff, we were able to donate $25,398.50 and a van full of food to Harvest Hope. In total since 2002, the Share Your Holiday event raised $215,000, enough to provide over 1.4 MILLION MEALS!

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Breast Cancer Centers - In October 2023, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we made donations of $10,000 on behalf of our members and staff to both the Prisma Health Foundation and Lexington Medical Center Foundation. These donations will help support the Breast Centers within each hospital system.

Palmetto Citizens Teacher of the Game! - In November 2023, we were proud to acknowledge our roots, being founded as Columbia Teachers Credit Union, and recognize educators in our community as the Palmetto Citizens Teacher of the Game. During each USC football game throughout the month, one educator was selected to be recognized on the scoreboard, awarded 4 tickets to that week's game, and also received $1,000. Learn more about this opportunity and our winners!

Week 1 Teacher of the Game

Children's Hospital – Every year, we raise money for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Prisma Health Children's Hospital - Midlands. Since beginning this annual fundraising effort in 2005, we've been able to donate over $527,000. Thank you to all our members, staff and business partners who have helped make this possible!

Children's Miracle Network Fundraiser Donation

Emmanuwheel - Multiple times per year, our staff volunteers partner with Emmanuwheel to build wheelchair ramps at the homes of a mobility-impaired individuals within the Midlands who will now be able to safely transport into and out of their homes.

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Transitions Homeless Center - Throughout the year, our staff volunteers assist the center with serving lunch to homeless adults in the Midlands. Volunteers work together to pack "to go" style meals for residents of Transitions.

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Financial Presentations & Materials - Palmetto Citizens is always happy to assist local schools, youth groups and other organizations by providing speakers and/or materials on a variety of financial topics. To request a speaker for your classroom or group, or for more information on other materials we can provide such as educational handouts, sample checkbooks, or online resources, please contact our Community Relations Department using the information below.

If you would like more information, or to support one of these worthy causes, please our Community Relations Department or call (803) 376-5035.